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5 stunningly large holes and caves around the world

08 January 2015

Who’d have thought a hole could be so interesting? We delve into some of the world’s unlikeliest tourist attractions

The Great Blue Hole off the coast of Belize
The Great Blue Hole off the coast of Belize

The Great Blue Hole, Belize

Soar above the coast of Belize and you’ll glimpse the wonders of the deep, or don your scuba gear and make a beeline for Lighthouse Reef, where the Great Blue Hole lures divers into its yawning 1,000-foot-round cavern.

Kimberly’s Big Hole, South Africa

After the discovery of an 83-carat diamond in 1871, people rushed to the region to dig frantically – and deep – for more buried treasure. Today, the world’s largest man-made hole stands as a reminder of the diamond-rush days and as you peer into the 1,097-metre abyss, ponder where those three tons of diamonds may have ended up…

Kiama Blowhole, Australia

Spectators may want to stand a respectful distance from this, one of the most powerful sea-cave blowholes in the world. With water spurting up to a staggering 82 feet, not only will you get soaked, you may get swept away in the Pacific surf.

Priest’s Grotto, Ukraine

Beneath the innocuous wheat fields of western Ukraine there is a vast network of caves known as the Gypsum Giant cave system. One of the entrances into this underground labyrinth is a meagre-looking opening belying the 77 miles of caverns beyond.

Ik-Kil, Mexico

Travellers to the Yucatan Peninsula are just as drawn to the ancient Mayan site of Chichén Itzá as they are to Ik-Kil, another Mayan site where royalty once bathed in the dazzling blue water. Known as ‘cenotes’, there are thought to be thousands of these natural wells scattered along the Mexican coast.


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